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Verzagen (1877) Op. 72 no.4

Verzagen

Ich sitz’ am Strande der rauschenden See
Und suche dort nach Ruh’,
Ich schaue dem Treiben der Wogen
Mit dumpfer Ergebung zu.
Die Wogen rauschen zum Strande hin,
Sie schäumen und vergeh’n,
Die Wolken, die Winde darüber,
Die kommen und verweh’n.
Du ungestümes Herz, sei still
Und gib dich doch zur Ruh’;
Du sollst mit Winden und Wogen
Dich trösten,—was weinest du?

Despair

I sit by the shore of the raging sea
Searching there for rest,
I gaze at the waves’ motion
In numb resignation.
The waves crash on the shore,
They foam and vanish,
The clouds, the winds above,
They come and go.
You, unruly heart, be silent
And surrender yourself to rest;
You should find comfort
In winds and waves — why are you weeping?
Translation © Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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Composer

Johannes Brahms (7 May 1833 – 3 April 1897) was a German composer, pianist, and conductor of the Romantic period. Born in Hamburg into a Lutheran family, Brahms spent much of his professional life in Vienna. 

Brahms has been considered, by his contemporaries and by later writers, as both a traditionalist and an innovator. His music is firmly rooted in the structures and compositional techniques of the Classical masters. While many contemporaries found his music too academic, his contribution and craftsmanship have been admired by many. 

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